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Tallying mortgage fraud damages

In his State of the Union address, many heard echoes of the Barack Obama of old, the presidential aspirant of 2007 and 2008. More...

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Maine’s sale tax ranks lower than most other states’

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The sales tax is one of the touchiest political issues. Unlike the income or property tax, just about everybody pays it: rich and poor, resident and visitor — even the teenager who eats at McDonald’s. More...

Parents must take action at home to minimize risk of tragedy

Most parents take it for granted that when they say “ goodnight” to their teen, they can then relax themselves, maybe curl up with a good book or enjoy a movie until their child returns from being out with friends. More...

Disability review effort accelerates

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On combat patrol several years ago, a U.S. soldier suffered two attacks from improvised explosive devices in a 24-hour-period. The first one rattled him and killed his buddy. The second one blew him out of his vehicle and knocked him unconscious. More...

The new rules for negative campaign ads

Politicians always say they hate negativity, except when they’re calling it something else, like “telling the truth” or “comparing records” or “dropping the pious baloney.” More...

Free-market socialism

I hope President Barack Obama read about Maddie Parlier as he was working on his State of the Union address. Parlier is the subject of Adam Davidson’s illuminating article in the current issue of The Atlantic. More...

The candidate America wants

A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Friday found that two-thirds of Americans would consider voting for a third-party presidential candidate, while 48 percent definitely wanted a third party in the race. Now what does that tell you? More...

Cast into a new caste system

I’ll be shocked if there’s another book this year as important as Charles Murray’s “Coming Apart.” I’ll be shocked if there’s another book that so compellingly describes the most important trends in American More...

A ‘Made in the world’ world

The Associated Press reported last week that Fidel Castro, the former president of Cuba, wrote an opinion piece on a Cuban website, following a Republican Party presidential candidates’ debate in Florida, in which he argued that the “sele More...

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“We cannot stand here and say that we can present a budget that isn’t going to impact personnel, programs and services. It is. It simply is.” More...

We all can work together to cure the scourge of epilepsy  Free Access 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Three family members of Maine children with epilepsy share their perspectives on what it’s like to live with someone who suffers from the disease. Lisbeth BY MARTHA MILLERLisbeth’s mother More...

Kestrel’s loss: A modest lament

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The loss of bringing the Kestrel Aircraft Co. production center to the facilities at Brunswick Landing may be worth a modest lament. More...

Average doesn’t work anymore

In an essay, titled “Making It in America,” in the latest issue of The Atlantic, author Adam Davidson relates a joke from cotton country about just how much a modern textile mill has been automated: The average mill has only two employees More...

The transformation of Olly Neal

If you want to understand how great teachers transform lives, listen to the story of Olly Neal. More...

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The day the Internet roared

Wednesday, Jan. 18, marked the largest online protest in the history of the Internet. More...